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Porphyry paving outside of a park.


The use of porphyry goes far back into ancient history, not only adding an aesthetic quality, but also proving extremely practical thanks to its hard-wearing nature. As well as being used to pave the famous Roman roads throughout Europe, porphyry is present in many of Western Europe’s finest works of ancient architecture, especially in Italy where it was imported from African shores.

In its natural form, the gently undulating surface of porphyry creates a ‘cobbled’ feel which wouldn’t look out of place on classical fountains. The durability of porphyry makes it suitable for a wide range of uses, including cladding, paving and kerb installation. And in a number of different finishes, it can also add varying levels of slip resistance depending on its purpose.

Marshalls can supply porphyry stone for a range of uses, as well as advise on its application and maintenance.